Shamwari Game Reserve is home to a variety of animals, fauna, flora, and bird species. A common sighting in the skies here is the Bubo Africanus, also known as the Spotted Eagle Owl, which is one of the smallest of this species.
At the reserve, a pair of these birds has set up residence above a drift. And, much to the delight of the rangers and guests, during their nesting, they managed to expand their family and have two little chicks. As they were close enough, it provided onlookers the rare opportunity to witness them in their natural habitat.
An Early Emergency
While out on a morning game drive, ranger Bethuel and his clients, Lisa and Peter Kitteredge, found a Spotted Eagle Owl chick in the road. It turns out, it had fallen out of the nest and been hit by a car, injuring its’ little wing.
They urgently contacted the head ranger, Andrew, who arranged for the chick to be taken to the on-site Animal Rehabilitation Centre. Headed by Dr Johan Joubert, and his vet nurse, Megan Sinclair, animals are brought here to be treated and nursed back to health, in order to be re-released.
The young patient arrived with wide yellow eyes in Lisa’s lap wrapped up in her jersey. And, after a brief examination, he was rushed into surgery to fix his damaged wing. Following a successful procedure, his appendage was bandaged up and he was put into a small holding area for monitoring.
This determined little fellow was soon making a tremendous and speedy recovery and was shortly moved to an outside enclosure to start exercising. And, Shamwari is now happy to report that his flying ability improves daily, which means he’ll soon be re-released into his natural habitat.
The Animal Rehabilitation Centre is part of the Shamwari Game Reserve conservation effort to rescue and care for sick, abandoned, or orphaned animals. In addition to caring for wildlife, it’s open to visitors to see and experience it for themselves.